The human creature is the creature that exists through imagining and symbolizing
rather than through a direct confrontation with reality. Moreover, it is this lack
of confronting the real, that defining the human, can be perceived. We exist through
a semblance of reality and rarely if ever through a direct confrontation of reality.
To be the animal who is caught up in his own image is an unnatural state of being,
a state of being only known to humans. "A shadow grappling with images, a somnambulist
who sees himself walking, who contemplates his movements with out discerning either
their direction of their cause." -E.M. Cioran. It is in this recognition and experience
of self-reflection that we have become human, the creature who is here, but nonetheless
distracted by the virtual image of how we see ourselves to be reflected by those
around us. It is through this indirectness that we confront the world, that we have
separated ourselves from the purity of vegetative existence.
Human Creature is an experimental dance theatre company based out San Francisco,
California. Exploring the vast possibilities of movement and expression through any
means necessary, Human Creature incorporates an eclectic blend of disparate dance
styles in conjunction with counterbalance partnering and contemporary modern dance
techniques. The intention of the work is to stimulate and heighten the viewers' senses,
opening the doors of perception by deconstructing the human condition, and exploring
creative possibilities through dance, theatre, music, multimedia, and concepts of
philosophy and psychology.
Human Creature was co-founded in 2008 under the artistic direction of Derek Harris
and Meegan Hertensteiner.